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Apple Macbook Pro 15-inch (Early 2011)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 414 reviews of Apple Macbook Pro 15-inch (Early 2011). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Comments about the screen and battery are overall positive. The usability and design are also appreciated, but the portability and price get less positive opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple Macbook Pro 15-inch (Early 2011) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 195 user reviews of Apple Macbook Pro 15-inch (Early 2011) from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on People really like the screen and image quality.

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84% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Pro 15.4" Laptop - 500 GB HARDRIVE - i7 QUAD-CORE - MC721LL/AApple MacBook Pro 15.4" Laptop - 500 GB HARDRIVE - i7 QUAD-CORE - MC721LL/A

Mar, 2019


Expert review by : Hugo Jobling (

Apple MacBook Pro 15in (MC723B/A)


Faster CPUs, more powerful graphics and Thunderbolt come together to make the MacBook Pro a compelling portable workstation.

Fast CPUs ; Good graphics performance ; Thunderbolt ; Beautiful chassis design

Expensive ; No Thunderbolt devices available at launch

If you can afford the admittedly high asking price, the MacBook Pro has a lot to offer. In terms of hardware, it's on par with any equivalent PC based laptop and adds in its own unique feature in the shape of ThunderBolt. The key point, though, is that...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by : Scott Stein (

Apple MacBook Pro Winter 2011 review: Apple MacBook Pro Winter 2011


Apple MacBook Pro Winter 2011

The CPU updates to the 13-inch ; offer big leaps in performance. The machine has phenomenal battery life, and excellent ergonomics, keyboard, and large, smooth, multitouch trackpad are still among the best available. It also comes with 720p HD Webcam.

Graphics performance is slightly worse than last year's 13-inch Pro. The 13-inch screen resolution is still low compared with the MacBook Air. The Thunderbolt port is an unknown quantity until accessories become available. There are limited upgrade...

The new entry-level $1,199 13-inch MacBook Pro's significant CPU updates and fantastic battery life are nearly as good as what you get in the more expensive $1,499 version.

Mar, 2011

Expert review by : J. Simon Leitner & Klaus Hinum (

Review Apple MacBook Pro 15 Early 2011 (2.2 GHz quad-core, glare-type screen)


More Power! As the final version of the Apple MacBook Pro 15, we'

Excellent Design and Craftsmanship; Outstandingly Sturdy Case with Nice Feel; Decent Trackpad; Thunderbolt Port Ensures Future Compatibility; Good Weight for its Class; Office and Multimedia Performance; Battery Life and Power Consumption

High Starting Price; Reflective Screen Restricts On-The-Go Use; Short 12-Month Warranty; Few Accessories; Non-Removable Battery

The biggest downside of the more powerful version is the excessively high increase in price. For the better hardware configuration, Apple is currently charging 400 Euro on top of the already very high starting price of 1,749 Euro. Mac users with high...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by : Felix Sold (

Review Apple MacBook Pro 15 Early 2011 (2.0 GHz Quad-Core, Matte Screen)


2nd Generation Intel Core i7. As predicted, Apple has just releas

Excellent Design and Craftsmanship; Outstandingly Sturdy Case with Nice Feel; Decent Trackpad; Thunderbolt Port Ensures Future Compatibility; Matte Hi-Res Screen (Optional); Good Weight for its Class; Office and Multimedia Performance; Battery Life and...

High Starting Price; Short 12-Month Warranty; Few Accessories; Non-Removable Battery

Because of the Sandy Bridge chipset defect, the release of comparable laptops is lagging. The successors to high-end notebooks like the Sony VAIO VPC-Z13Z9E or HP Envy 15 will make for some good competition once released.

Mar, 2011

Expert review by : J. Simon Leitner & Klaus Hinum (

Review Apple MacBook Pro 15 Early 2011 (2.0 GHz quad-core, glare-type screen)


Go with the Glossy Screen? After having thoroughly reviewed the n

Excellent Design and Craftsmanship; Outstandingly Sturdy Case with Nice Feel; Decent Trackpad; Thunderbolt Port Ensures Future Compatibility; Good Weight for its Class; Office and Multimedia Performance; Battery Life and Power Consumption

High Starting Price; Reflective Screen Restricts On-The-Go Use; Short 12-Month Warranty; Few Accessories; Non-Removable Battery

Two big considerations make us lean in favor of investing in the matte screen model: First, if you're planning to use the MacBook Pro for several hours every day, consider that glossy screens strain the eyes more. Second, using the laptop on the go,...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

Apple MacBook Pro 15 (Early 2011)


It's a hefty investment, but the combination of new high-end Intel processor options and AMD graphics makes the 15-inch MacBook Pro an all-round powerhouse, with the new Thunderbolt I/O port as an added bonus.

Powerful updates to the CPU and GPU ; Excellent battery life ; Still the best touch pad and gesture controls of any laptop

Upgrades can get expensive ; Thunderbolt is an unproven technology with as-yet no compatible products ; Still no dedicated HDMI, Blu-ray or other wished-for options


Mar, 2011

Expert review by : Techmagnifier (

Apple MacBook Pro Winter 2011 Review


Ever imagined a docking station for your MacBook? Well, this is not a dream anymore as brand Apple has indeed come up with the all new Apple Thunderbolt Display which would make the display of your Mac device utterly useless and kiddish.

Companies all round the globe have often come up with devices which have simply changed the way we lead our lives, as all those gadgets and devices have had a big impact upon us. The latest device to have made a similar opening is the all new Apple...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : Zara Baxter (

MacBook Pro 15 (MC723X/A)


We reviewed Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Pro, running both its native Mac OS X and Microsoft's Windows 7.

Jun, 2011

Consumer review (

Mac Book Pro


I personally own this laptop and using it right now in fact. The thing is with this laptop is that it is so much more. If you are converting from a Windows based laptop you are going to be pleasantly surprised, as did I. The speed and usability is...

Great Look, Simple, Easy to Use, Fast, Actually works and worth buying

Screen can get marks on it easily

Nov, 2012

Consumer review (

Apple MacBook Pro MC721B/A (Early 2011)


Great Design, quality feel, long battery life.

None at present

May, 2012

Product Specifications


Audio system:HDA / STEREO
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker power:2


Battery capacity (Watt hours):77.5
Battery life (max):7
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Number of battery cells:6


Front Camera: Yes


Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold


Colour of product:Aluminium / Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium
Product colour:Aluminium / Silver
Product Type:Notebook


3D: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display diagonal:33.8 / 39.1
Display Resolution:1280 x 800 / 1440 x 900 / 1680 x 1050
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type: No
LED Backlight:No / Yes
Touchscreen: No


Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.256 / 1
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6400M / AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6490M / AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6700M / AMD Radeon HD 6490M / AMD Radeon HD 6750M / Intel HD Graphics 3000
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256 / 0.384 / 1.024
Maximum Resolution:2560 x 1600
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2
On-board graphics adapter:No / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1200 / 1300
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel GMA / Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel GMA 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 3000 / No
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)


Full-size keyboard:No / Yes
Keyboard function keys:12
Keyboard layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:102 / 79
Number of keyboard cursor keys:4
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad
Windows keys: No


Internal Memory:3 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1333
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM


3G:No / Yes
4G: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR / 2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN, BT
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 4500
Operating altitude:0 - 3000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-24 - 45 / -25 - 45

Optical Drive

CD read speed:24
CD write speed:24
CD-R read speed:24
CD-R write speed:24
CD-RW write speed:10
DVD-R Double Layer read speed:6
DVD-R Double Layer write speed:4
DVD-R read speed:8
DVD-R write speed:8
DVD-RW read speed:6
DVD-RW write speed:4 / 8
DVD+R Double Layer read speed:6
DVD+R Double Layer write speed:4
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW read speed:6
DVD+RW write speed:4 / 8
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD±RW / No

Other features

Audio system:HDA / STEREO
Compatible operating systems:Mac OS X v10.6
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3U, IEEE 802.3ab
Dimensions (WxDxH):364 x 249 x 24.1
Graphics adapter family:AMD / AMD, Intel / ATI, Intel / Intel
Hot keys:12
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Maximum operating altitude:10000 / 3000 / 3048
Maximum shipping altitude:10500 / 10668 / 35000
Maximum storage altitude:15000 / 4500 / 4572
Operating temperature (T-T):50 - 95
Power requirements:100 - 240 V / 100 - 240 V AC / 100 - 240V / 100-240V, 50/60Hz / 100V - 240V AC
Power supply type:AC - DC / AC/DC / MagSafe
Relative humidity:0 - 90 / 10 - 90
TV in port: No
Type:MAC / PC
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Cables included:AC


TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
CardBus PCMCIA slots quantity:1
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack:No / Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot:No / Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
Thunderbolt ports quantity:1
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:85


Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor: No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):20 / 22 / 23
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21.3 / 25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:2 / Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3 1066/1333/1600 / DDR3-SDRAM
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor boost frequency:2.9 / 3.30 / 3.40
Processor cache:3 / 6 / 8
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache, L2 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor Cores:4
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i7
Processor frequency:2 / 2.2 / 2.3
Processor lithography:32
Processor Model:I7-2635QM / I7-2720QM / I7-2820QM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2700 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2800 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA1224 / Socket 1224
Processor threads:8
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45
Tjunction:100 / 100 C

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit:No / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32
Idle States: Yes
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:52227
Processor code:SR00U / SR00W / SR030
Processor package size:31 / 37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Cable lock slot:Kensington
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint Reader: No


Bundled software:A/V - in / AAC, WAV, MP2, MP3
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard / Mac OS X 10.7 Lion


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC / SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:SATA
Storage Media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 500 / 512 / 750

Weight & Dimensions

Height :2.41
Height (rear):2.41
Weight:2.45 / 2.54
Width:26.4 / 36.4